GLRPPR Sector Resource: Wireless and the Environment: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges
Wireless and the Environment: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges
The world is witnessing tremendous innovation in wireless technologies, leading to significant changes in how humans and machines interact with one another. These new wireless technologies and the changes they support are generating exciting opportunities to address environmental impacts in a range of fields, from agriculture to utilities. The emerging wireless-enabled environment has the potential to drive billions of dollars in energy savings in a range of American industries, according to this report by BSR. One example is that of wireless-enabled fleet management solutions, which could allow trucking and logistics companies to limit truck idling time. This could reduce fuel cost per truck by $3,600 and eliminate nine million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. The report, sponsored by CTIA-The Wireless Association sponsored, also says that, if rolled out nationally by the energy industry, wireless smart grids could eliminate 360 million metric tons of CO2. This is equivalent to the annual energy use of 30 million U.S. homes, the report says. If the public sector were to fully utilize smart traffic technology, fuel consumption on urban roadways could be cut by as much as 20 percent, the report says. Even rurally based businesses such as agriculture could lower their environmental impacts and costs by using wireless technology.
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